Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Charlie the Labrador Retriever looks longingly at popcorn balls that have been set out to cool.
Charlie the Labrador Retriever looks longingly at popcorn balls that have been set out to cool. | Source

This easy popcorn balls recipe uses marshmallows instead of corn syrup.

Did you know there's any easy and yummy alternative to making popcorn balls with corn syrup and a candy thermometer? .I came up with this method one Halloween when the my kids wanted to make popcorn balls but I didn't have all the correct ingredients. I made them in a manner similar to Rice Krispies Treats -- and they require only three ingredients. You can even make these popcorn balls completely in the microwave.

Making popcorn balls is basically a guaranteed sticky mess, albeit a tasty and fun mess. At least with this method is it is a fairly quick and easy mess.

Ooey gooey and yummy!
Ooey gooey and yummy! | Source

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 to 2 bags Act II 96% fat-free microwave popcorn
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 stick real butter
Next to fresh-popped popcorn at the movies or on the stove at home, Act II popcorn is my favorite. You can use stove-popped popcorn for this recipe if you like.
Next to fresh-popped popcorn at the movies or on the stove at home, Act II popcorn is my favorite. You can use stove-popped popcorn for this recipe if you like. | Source
It might seem difficult to get all the popcorn coated with marshmallow mixture, but it's really pretty easy. Just keep stirring and turning up from the bottom of the bowl.
It might seem difficult to get all the popcorn coated with marshmallow mixture, but it's really pretty easy. Just keep stirring and turning up from the bottom of the bowl. | Source
Poor old Charlie finally gets a taste!
Poor old Charlie finally gets a taste! | Source

Instructions

  1. Pop the microwave popcorn one bag at a time. You may use the "buttered" microwave popcorn if you like, but in my opinion the "butter flavoring," while fairly good when the popcorn is hot and fresh, turns greasy and unappetizing when it cools. The 96% fat-free variety does not have that "faux butter" so it stays much crisper and crunchier, even after it cools.
  2. While the popcorn cools, place the butter in a large glass or ceramic mixing bowl. Microwave the butter on about 30% power for 60 seconds. Stir or swirl, then microwave at 30% for 60 more seconds. Repeat until butter is melted but is not overly hot, smoking or popping.
  3. Pour the entire bag of mini marshmallows into the melted butter. Stir to coat marshmallows with butter.
  4. Microwave marshmallows on full power for 60 seconds. Stir and microwave for 60 more seconds. Stir and repeat until marshmallows are melted.
  5. Sort out any unpopped corn kernels, then stir about half a bag of popped popcorn into the marshmallow mixture. Toss the coat popcorn, and add the rest of the bag. Once that popcorn is mixed in, add another half bag. The more popcorn you add, the more difficult it is to stir in, but if you like less "goo" and more popcorn, stir in the last half bag and do your best to coat all the popcorn evenly with the marshmallow mixture. If you like your popcorn balls a little sweeter and with more "goo," you can leave that last half bag out.
  6. Butter your hands and mold the popcorn mixture into balls. Place each ball on a plate, platter or large piece of foil that has been sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Or, place on waxed paper, with needs no cooking spray. Do not allow popcorn balls to touch one another.
  7. Allow popcorn balls to cool, then wrap each individually with plastic wrap or waxed paper. Store in a loosely covered container.

Did you make this recipe? Please let me know how you liked it!

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kat_thurston 4 years ago

This is a really interesting and easy recipe. I would also think that using marshmallows instead of corn syrup would be a bit healthier. I may try this recipe with my kids this weekend. Thanks again.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

They sound really good. My grandkids would love them. Charlie is so cute always waiting for food just like our dog. Voted Up.


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Never tried this, but sounds interesting! Pinning!


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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks moonlake. That Charlie is a real pill, but of course we adore him. Like every other dog on the planet he has perfected that sad beggar's stare that gets him what he wants just about every time! Let me know if you make the popcorn balls for your grandkids!


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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas Author

Anamika, thanks so much for another read, comment and pin! I really appreciate it! I'm going to check out some of your artciles. I hear you are quite the awesome writer here at HubPages!


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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Kat, thanks for reading and commenting. I don't know if these are healthier or not; I believe marshmallows are made with corn syrup (?) so it might be about the same, health-wise. I do know they sure are easier! There's none of that constant stirring, watching the thermometer and waiting for it to get to just the right temperature.


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allelsematters 4 years ago from Philippines

Interesting!I'm gonna try your marshmallow pop corn balls..thank you for sharing.:)


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daisyjae 4 years ago from Canada

This is easy and my kids love it. I added m&ms to mine.


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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for the comments, allelsematters and daisyjae. M&Ms sound like they would be so yummy in these popcorn balls! I'm trying that next time I make them! Thanks!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Yummy! It sounds easy to make. I´ll have to try it. Thanks for sharing.


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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Thelma! They really are easy and delicious!

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